SHILLONG, March 8 – Former President APJ Abdul Kalam today said, Indians first need an anti-corruption bill legislated in their respective homes, rather than a bill from the Parliament.
“First, we need an anti-corruption bill for a clean house, home and then the nation,” Kalam said, who was here to inaugurate the annual seminar on sustainability at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong.
The “Missile man” was at his eccentric best and while spelling out the ways to make India corruption free, he inquired to the questionnaire with a hint of cynicism: “If I say something would you follow?” The former President said it is the duty of the parents to inculcate within their children a spirit of doing the right things in their houses for a clean and vibrant India.
The youngsters on their part need to put their foot down when they find the elders going awry, Kalam told the gathering of students, faculty and other guests.
“Strong anti-corruption laws, like what Anna Hazare is demanding may come, but would only fill jails…we need something else right in our homes,” Kalam emphasised.
Many would agree with what Kalam meant about “regulating ourselves first” and this process of self-regulation may be on within many.